Heavy handed If you want to keep your ticker in optimum shape, step away from the salt shaker. A high salt intake is linked to high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. So, how much is too much? After a 12-year study, Finnish researchers have found that people who chowed down on more than 13.7g of salt each day doubled their risk of heart failure compared to people who consumed less than 6.8g. The World Health Organisation reckons you should aim for just 5g a day, so if you’re craving some extra flavour, try adding herbs to your dishes instead.
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Bottoms up Not all heroes wear capes – some wear lab coats. And thanks to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, we’ve all got a reason to drink this festive season. Apparently, light to moderate drinking can lower your risk of heart disease, so you don’t have to feel bad about knocking back some champers at your Christmas party this year. The scientists were quick to point out that heavy drinking can signifi cantly up your risk of death and cancer, though, so binge-drinking is still a no-no. The study found less than seven bevvies a week is the sweet spot, reducing all-cause mortality by up to 25 per cent. We’ll drink to that!
Permission to flood your friends’ FB feeds with your latest Netflix obsession = granted. According to our new fave Spanish researchers, talking about TV shows online can help women make new friends. The pros analysed more than 7,800 online comments and found that when women discuss their emotions about a TV series on social media or in forums, they feel a sense of belonging. If you’ve ever bonded with a stranger over your mutual love of Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) from Outlander, you’ll know exactly what they’re talking about.